Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cooking Japanese: 最初鍋スープ

Tonight I cooked my first ever hot pot soup (also known as nabe in Japan) after finding a hot pot base at the grocery store and buying some produce to go with it. And let me tell you, it turned out great.

(Now, if only I had actual nabe cooking ware in my kitchen. ヽ(~_~ )ノ)

My Japanese lessons have been a little scattered in the last few months, but I've done everything I can to start re-introducing it into every part of my downtime that wasn't spent on something else. And while I'm doing that, I've started taking even more time to introduce myself to parts of the culture that I hadn't experienced yet - hot pot recipes being among the list.

This recipe was put together on a whim from the ingredients I grabbed at the store. It's all veggie, but with hot pot soups you can add meat if you want. I'm just still working to make more veggie-based choices with my meals.

含ま: ヒマワリ油、発酵大豆、ウルフベリー
contains: sunflower oil, fermented soybeans, wolf berry

Pour the contents of the package into a hot pot.

Add garlic and ginger. Then add 6 cups of boiling water.

When the soup is boiling, put in remaining ingredients.

ラディッキオ (Radicchio)
キャベツ (Cabbage)
豆腐 (Tofu)
新玉ねぎ (Scallion)
キノコ (Mushrooms)
トマト (Tomato)

I let the scallions, mushrooms and tomatoes cook first for about 10 minutes. After that, I added the cabbage, radicchio and tofu and let it cook for ~10 more minutes. The result was incredible.

If you're scared to try a new cuisine, give little packets/kits that you find at the store a shot. They're not always a home run, but you can learn more about the flavors and experiment more in the future.


  1. And I mean to stop by HERE more often ;) We're even.

    We've been trying to cook more veggie based, international foods as well. We're stuck on Indian cuisine right now but I've been wanting to try some Spanish and Middle Eastern. Japanese food is some of my favorite! There's just too much good food out there and not enough time.

    Good luck with your Japanese lessons. I've taken Spanish up in hopes of re-introducing myself to what little I took in high school. If I could get even moderately conversational, it would feel like a real triumph!

    - Jen

    1. You should try Duolingo! I love that app. It's so great for learning another language. And it's helped me with my French a lot in the past. I wish I had used it while I was in school. :\

  2. Looks delicious!

    1. Thank you! I definitely loved it. Can't wait to try out more ingredients.


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